My name is Martha Villeda and I dream to work as a photographer like Jody Domingue. I was inspired to want to work as a photographer because it’s a creative job and I kind of like traveling. I really like that you get to work with a variety of people.
My mentor Jody told me she was first inspired to work as a photographer when she got her first camera when she was 13. Later on when she went to the Brooks Institute of Photography she had an assignment to photograph a musician in the studio, which also inspired her to pursue a career in rock-and-roll photography. She has encouraged me to aim high for my goals , to not give up, to be creative, to not be shy and give it all my best.
When and where did it all start, what inspired you to become a photographer?
I got my first camera when I was 13. I took it everywhere with me and it became an avid hobby and passion throughout high school. I studied under a well known portrait artist named Gayletta Simmons and later moved on to college at Brooks Institute of Photography. I didn’t know not a single person when i moved so finding subjects to photograph in the begining was very hard. One of my first assignments was to photograph a musician in the studio, so I did. That photo would later inspire me to pursue a career in rock and roll photography and is what really brought me to Los Angeles.
Do you like traveling? Where?
I love going to new places within the states. Texas and Louisiana are my favorite places to visit for family and food. I’m a big beach bum during the summer so anywhere near the ocean is where you can find me on a sunny Sunday. If I could travel the world I would but these days its to expensive.
What do you like the most about being a photographer? Why?
I love seeing how a single photograph can transform a persons perspective. Being able to see how others view the world is intriguing to me.
WHat are some of the struggles to getting to where you are right now?
I had to knock on many doors and even when people didn’t believe in me, I kept on moving forward. You have to be persistant in your goals. It’s all about the right time at the right place. I plugged along as much as I could so when the right opportunity came I was already ready. I learn from my mistakes and try not to repeat them. I surrounded myself with positive people who also have a passion for a creative career and stayed away from all the things that could have drug me down. And last I kept the faith.
What is some advice you would give a high schooler like me if I want to be a photographer?
Surround yourself with people who you can learn from. Put one foot in front of the other and take baby steps to achieving your goals. Be a leader among your peers and create bridges with new people. Having a great personality is so important for being a photographer. Use photography as a way to express yourself and share it with your friends and family.